Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Funding to Assist Nevada’s Out of doors Recreation and Tourism Financial system

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September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $5.6 million in Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding they are providing in support of the Nevada tourism and outdoor recreation industry. Nevada Department of Tourism awarded $3.7 million to build outdoor visitor centers in Boulder City and Carson City to encourage adventure tourism statewide. Boulder City will also receive an additional $1.9 million to make tourist-friendly infrastructure improvements.

“I’ve always been an advocate for Nevada’s thriving outdoor recreation economy, which brings hundreds of thousands of tourists to the state each year,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I have legislated to direct economic development funds for tourism projects, and I am excited to bring these worthwhile investments to Nevada.”

“Tourism is the backbone of our economy here in Nevada,” said Senator Rosen. “Thanks to the US bailout plan I helped enact, I’m proud to announce that our state will receive millions of dollars in grants to boost tourism and recreation, create new opportunities for local businesses, and foster sustainable economic growth support. ”

“As a state with over 80% public land, outdoor activities will always be a primary tourism asset that requires management through infrastructure,” said Brenda Scolari, director of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. “The adventure centers will serve as regional activity hubs, providing outdoor enthusiasts with information on safety and conservation best practices, as well as links to vetted local guides and outfitters. The Travel Nevada team thanks the EDA for this funding opportunity and their recognition of the impact these facilities will have. We also appreciate the unwavering support of the US Senators from Nevada, who understand the importance of tourism to the regional economy. Together we will make Nevada a top destination for outdoor adventures.”

“The Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation is excited to support this innovative project to reduce light pollution and greenhouse gas emissions while providing outstanding opportunities for families and visitors to enjoy Boulder City under the stars,” said Colin Robertson, Nevada Division Administrator outdoor recreation. “I applaud the EDA for supporting this great project and thank the two wonderful US Senators from Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, for their unwavering commitment to promoting sustainable outdoor recreation and tourism in Nevada. Preserving the special qualities of a place like Boulder City’s starry night sky helps ensure that these important natural resources can be used and protected for generations to come.”

The funds are distributed as follows:

  • $3.7 million to the Nevada Department of Tourism to build outdoor recreational facilities in Boulder City and Carson City to promote adventure tourism in the state and enhance the success of affiliated companies.
  • $1.9 million to support the growth of Boulder City’s tourism infrastructure, including installing light pollution reduction devices to improve night sky viewing.

Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen were champions of Nevada’s tourism economy and supported the travel and hospitality sector through comprehensive travel and tourism legislation. In the American bailout, Senator Cortez Masto secured this special funding for the Economic Development Administration to help states like Nevada, which have been hit by job and revenue losses, including in the tourism and travel industries. During the peak of the pandemic, Cortez Masto and Rosen also provided resources to the state’s corporations and ensured flexibility for the gaming industry.

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